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Please send individual or group endorsements of this letter to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts to stopwar@resist.ca. In one week we will publicize the letter and all signatories, and we will also have an online petition version up soon.

You may also send your letters to stopwar@resist.ca and indicate to us if you would be willing to have us post them on our website.

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September 29, 2011

Dear Dianne Watts,

We are writing to ask you to rescind your invitation to George W. Bush, who is scheduled to speak on October 20 at the Regional Economic Development Forum at the Sheraton-Guildford in Surrey.

Bush is a war criminal, guilty of authorizing torture and launching an illegal war on Iraq based on lies.

Bush should not be allowed a safe haven in Surrey or anywhere else in Canada.

Thus far, the federal government in Ottawa has shamefully failed in its duty to deny entry or to arrest Bush and other officials of his administration reasonably suspected of war crimes.

That is why we are asking you to do the right thing and cancel Bush’s appearance.

We will be circulating this letter as an online petition, and collecting signatures from residents of Surrey and people across Canada and internationally in order to ensure that the issue receives the attention it deserves.

We look forward to your prompt response to our letter.

Sincerely,

Derrick O’Keefe and Joanna Shniad, on behalf of the StopWar Coalition

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